Victoria Closes her Borders against Flu

On this day …….. 30th April 1919

New South Wales suffered half the deaths in the influenza epidemic, after worked war I. For a time, the Victorian government closed the border at Albury and other border towns. In Echuca, for example, visitors were forced to spend five day quarantine in the town. Women made gauze masks impregnated with creosote and eucalyptus and sold them for sixpence each. All churchgoers were required to wear masks. At Tambo, in western Queensland, a memorial honours Reginald Sylvester Barry, a station manager, who ‘worked unceasingly to save those people stricken with pneumonic influenza’, but died himself on 17 June, 1919, near the end of the epidemic.